Man jailed for racist abuse of RVH staff

Published Thursday, 24 July 2014
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A 30-year-old man who racially abused staff including doctors at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital has been jailed for two months.

Man jailed for racist abuse of RVH staff
The incident happened in the A&E department in January. (© UTV)

Branding Garry Alan Montgomery's behaviour as "disgraceful", Deputy District Judge John Connolly said that having worked in an A&E department himself, he knew how hard medical staff worked.

Montgomery, from Springfield Road, appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Thursday to be sentenced on a charge of disorderly behaviour.

A Public Prosecution Service representative said that on 10 January this year, Montgomery was observed sitting on a doorstep outside a property on the Springfield Road.

He was subsequently taken to the A&E department at the Royal for treatment "in relation to an overdose."

Whilst in the A&E, Montgomery racially abused a black security guard before continuing the verbal abuse and shouting racist abuse at other members of staff, including doctors.

When he was warned by police about his behaviour, he then verbally abused the officers, using homophobic language.

A defence solicitor pointed out his client had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and told the court "these offences were committed against a backdrop of his drug addiction."

Deputy District Judge John Connolly said the incident was "motivated by hostility" before jailing Montgomery for two months.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Michael in Templepatrick wrote (188 days ago):
Good judgement. Scumbag.
in belfast wrote (192 days ago):
what a waste of space he is to abuse people trying to help him, he deserves jail.
PB in Belfast wrote (192 days ago):
No Excuses
amanda in Belfast wrote (192 days ago):
This is awful.people out trying to do a job and provide a service .they dont get enough credit.this person should be ashamed of him self.
con in Hellfast wrote (192 days ago):
This judge should have been in charge of the case of the guy who was caught wrecking the alliance office and walked free despite giving racist abuse, soft judges give soft sentences to racist and sectarian idiots. being drugged up or drunk is no excuse .
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